Northwest Houston Surgical Association

General Weight Loss Questions

faqWhen you meet with any of the NHSA surgeons for a consultation and address your questions about weight loss surgery in Houston or Cypress, TX, they will carefully consider what will help you attain the best possible outcome for you and your lifestyle. They will educate you until they are convinced that you understand the risks and benefits of the weight loss option you choose. Request a consultation online or call our office at 713-426-2400 for more information about how you can take the steps toward improving your life.

WHAT IS THE YOUNGEST AGE FOR WHICH WEIGHT LOSS SURGERY IS RECOMMENDED?

Generally accepted guidelines form the American Society for Bariatric Surgery and the National Institutes of Health indicate surgery only for those 18 years of age and older. Surgery has been performed on patients 16 and younger. There is a real concern that young patients may not have reached full developmental or emotional maturity to make this kind of decision. It is important that young weight loss surgery patients have a full understanding of the lifelong commitment to the altered eating and lifestyle changes necessary for success.

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    Dr. Fadner

    Dr. Fadner is fellowship trained in Advanced Minimally Invasive Surgery and Bariatric Surgery and offers a wide range of general surgery operations to his patients.

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    Dr. Leiva

    A certified General Surgeon at the forefront of single incision and robotic general surgery. Dr. Leiva also has a special interest in primary and revision, advanced laparoscopic.






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    Dr. Amr

    As a highly skilled and fellowship trained weight loss surgeon, Dr. Amr is skilled in laparoscopic foregut surgery and bariatric (weight loss) surgery.






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    Dr. Ayyar

    Dr. Ayyar has pioneered minimally invasive surgery in the West and Northwest Houston area. His expertise in minimally invasive and endocrine surgery allow him to perform parathyroid operations.






WHAT IS THE OLDEST PATIENT FOR WHOM WEIGHT LOSS SURGERY IS RECOMMENDED?

Patients over 65 require very strong indications for surgery and must also meet stringent Medicare criteria. The risk of surgery in this age group is increased and the benefits, in terms of reduced risk of mortality, are reduced.

CAN BARIATRIC SURGERY PROLONG MY LIFE?

For many Houston and Cypress patients, there is good evidence from scientific research that supports that it will. If you have Type 2 diabetes (or other serious obesity-related health conditions), are at least 100 pounds over ideal body weight, and are able to comply with lifestyle changes (daily exercise and low-fat diet), then weight loss surgery may significantly prolong your life.

CAN WEIGHT LOSS SURGERY HELP OTHER PHYSICAL CONDITIONS?

According to current research, weight loss surgery can improve or resolve associated health conditions.

Condition Percentage found in preoperative individuals Percentage cured two years after surgery
Diabetes or insulin resistance 34% 85%
High blood pressure 26% 66%
High triglycerides 40% 85%
Sleep apnea 22% in males; 1% in females 40%

If you’re ready to improve your life, request a consultation online or call our office at 713-426-2400 for more information.

Obalon Balloon System Surgery

The Obalon Balloon System helps facilitate weight loss by taking up space in your stomach so you eat less.






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Gastric Band

As one of the more popular procedures, LAP-BAND® surgery gives patients the ability to control their weight by allowing them to feel fuller, sooner.






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Gastric Bypass

Gastric bypass is successful at helping patients achieve and maintain a healthier weight by using sectioning and malabsorptive techniques.






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Sleeve Gastrectomy

A sleeve gastrectomy procedure involves removing about 85% of the stomach and reshaping the remaining portion into a tube or sleeve.






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Duodenal Switch

The Biliopancreatic Diversion with Duodenal Switch (BPD/DS) is a popular procedure for small stomachs combining a lower form of restriction and a high level of malabsorption.






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